Specific Program Requirements
In general, financial aid is available to students enrolled at least half-time. However, the amount of the award will vary for certain programs based on your enrollment status. If you do not meet the award criteria for an award, the Office of Financial Aid will re-evaluate your eligibility and will revise the award accordingly prior to releasing funds.
Federal Pell Grant
If a Pell Grant is listed as part of your award, the actual amount will be pro-rated based on your actual enrollment status each semester.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
If you are awarded the FSEOG, the amount is based on the anticipated enrollment you listed on the FAFSA. You must enroll at least half-time and be a Pell Grant recipient to receive this grant. FSEOG funding is limited and priority given to full-time students who meet priority application deadline.
Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG)
The FSAG is a need-based grant funded by the State of Florida. The Office of Financial Aid assumes from the information you submitted on the FAFSA that you appear eligible on the basis of financial need and state residency requirements. Final eligibility is subject to confirmation from the State Agency. If you are a prior year recipient, you must have earned 24 credits by the end of the prior academic year’s Spring semester and have a cumulative 2.0 G.P.A. to maintain eligibility. You must enroll full-time to receive this grant.
Florida Resident Access Grant (FRAG)
The FRAG is a non-need based grant funded by the State of Florida. All eligible students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
by the designated STU's FRAG deadlines for each academic year to be considered for this award. The Office of Financial Aid assumes from the information you submitted on the FAFSA that you appear eligible. Final eligibility is subject to confirmation from the State Agency. If you are a prior year recipient, you must have earned 24 credits by the end of the prior academic year’s Spring semester and have a cumulative 2.0 G.P.A. to maintain eligibility. You must enroll full-time to receive this grant.
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship
The Florida Academic Scholars, the Florida Medallion and Vocational Gold Seal awards are estimated. All eligible Bright Future recipients must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to receive this award. They are based on an estimate enrollment of 15 credits per semester. The actual amount will be pro-rated based on your actual enrollment status each semester.
Scholarships and other resources from external sources are accounted for in the calculation of financial need and they are listed separately on your award letter.
Federal Work Study (FWS)
If your financial aid award includes FWS employment, the amount shown is the total amount of money you may expect to earn during the award period as a result of work performed. If you are accepting the award, you will receive via email a Federal Work Study package at the begining of each semester. Failure submiting all required forms will result in the cancellation of your FWS award. FWS students can work up to 20 hours per week. You be an eligible undergraduate student enroll at least half-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress to participate in the FWS program. Priority will be givend to students enrolled full-time.
Federal Perkins Loan
If your award includes a Perkins Loan, please visit www.ecsi.net
to complete the Loan Entrance Counseling, Addendum Forms and the Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) online. You only need to complete the Perkins Loan MPN once. Failure to complete these required forms will result in the cancellation of your award. You must be an eligible undergraduate student enroll at least half-time to receive this loan. Priority will be given to students enrolled full-time.
Direct Stafford and/or PLUS Loans
If your award includes a Direct Stafford Loan and/or a Direct PLUS loan your award was determined based on federal regulations governing the Direct Stafford and PLUS loan programs. For more information please visit our “Student Loan Programs” link.
Most scholarships have specific requirements (e.g. full-time enrollment, minimum G.P.A., class level, etc.) that must be met in order to receive and/or retain the award. The initial scholarship letter you received from the Admissions Office outlines the scholarship eligibility criteria for renewal of the award. Also, refer to the scholarship list provided for eligibility criteria for renewal of other institutional scholarships. Please review the scholarship criteria to insure that you meet renewal requirements. If you do not meet the renewal requirements, the award will be canceled.